The vocal harmonies of the Four Freshmen that have delighted generations of fans will be featured this week at the final program of the 2006-2007 season of Brownwood Area Live on Stage concerts.
Admittance is by subscription only, but anyone who wants to enroll for the upcoming season of shows may do so at the door and will be admitted to the concert as a bonus program, according to Mary Belle Fryar, BALOS president.
The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mims Auditorium at Howard Payne University.
Renewal memberships will also be accepted Tuesday. Otherwise, existing members will receive renewal information this month.
Admission to the shows is by membership only, and memberships for a ticket to the entire five-show season are priced at a level that is often comparable to the ticket for one of the shows in a major city.
The 22nd incarnation of the Four Freshmen perform with that same unmistakable sound of the original group. They have strongly influenced many groups over the years including Take Six, Manhattan Transfer and the Beach Boys.
In concert they perform seminal Freshmen classics “Day By Day” and “Blue World” as well as some of their favorites with new arrangements that include the irresistible force of “Something’s Gotta Give,” the melodious “Skylark,” “Early Autumn,” “September Song” and “My One and Only Love.”
Each member is an accomplished vocalist and musician bringing new influences and perspective to a time honored musical heritage.
The new group not only preserves the Freshmen sound, it enhances it with their youth, vitality and talent, giving a new treatment to the great American songbook.
In their 50-plus year history, the Four Freshmen have bragging rights to over 45 albums, an overwhelming 70 top selling singles, and six Grammy nominations. In session, their most recent release contains material never previously recorded by the Four Freshmen.
The Freshmen enjoy a unique fan club, with over 3,000 members across the United States, Europe and Japan.
Created in 1948 at Butler University, the Four Freshmen are the longest lasting vocal harmony group. The original group comprised of Bob Flanigan, Don Barbour, Ross Barbour and Hal Kratzsch is best known for their hits “Blue World,” “Graduation Day” and “Poinciana.” Bob and Ross are still actively involved with the Four Freshmen today.
The group consists of Bob Ferreira playing drums and singing bass. Brian Eichenberger sings lead and plays guitar and bass. Curtis Calderon sings the second part, playing trumpet and flŸgel horn. Vince Johnson, the baritone, plays guitar and trombone.
The group’s Web site is www.the fourfreshmen.com.